Portland has recently teamed up with six other cities on the West Coast to separately sue Monsanto for damages to both the health of it’s citizens and environmental damages brought on by products that contain polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. “The City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to authorize the city to sue Monsanto, the exclusive manufacturer...

  DC now rivals Portland, Madison and San Francisco in the number of garden plots per capita.  People who are “farm-curious” can look into the Department Of Parks and Recreation to find everything from Gardening 101, and classes on vertical gardening, how to make kefir or tinctures, and how to care for urban fruit trees. “We have such a huge array...

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“Jennifer and Jason Helvenston of College Park, Orlando, Florida have been ordered by local officials to remove their front yard vegetable garden at a time when Orlando is touting its environmental credentials and reaching out to citizens for input on what additional steps the city could take to become one of greenest urban centers in the country.” After...

Nursery Fields Forever, has made a proposal for a pre-school  filled with toddlers to be placed on an urban farm.  They say: “The dominant preschool system keeps children in classrooms, where plants barely peek out from the window,” and animals are only visible in places like zoos, Jonathan Lazar, one of the architects, tells CityLab, adding: The absence of...

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“It’s been a tough year for glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller. A year ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup products—was probably carcinogenic to humans. In the months since, multiple lawsuits have been filed...

New farms are popping up all over the nation, growing food vertically has provided a way to grow more food in less space.  In South Philly, a new farm has sprouted and they are producing fresh, local food 365 days a year.  They also are serving up their community the fresh goods by making deliveries to restaurants, grocery stores and more. “Metropolis Farms is...

The new Assembly Bill, (551), that was passed in 2014 allows owners of vacant lands between 0.1 and 3 acres of size to qualify for major tax incentives if they use their land for agricultural purposes based off of long-term leases.  In the coming months, new “urban agricultural zones” will be installed on the map across the county, not just in the city. “City...

Did you know that Facebook has a nine-acre rooftop garden?  Even in the wintertime, the garden boasts spectacular views of beautiful plants and interesting structures.  The whole garden was built so that employees could have a space to walk outdoors, since there isn’t much room for them to walk inside the building. “Ninety percent of the garden consists...

A new state law has passed within the last few years that lets urban areas create “Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones”. These are area’s in which private landowners will receive a tax reduction rate if they use their vacant land for urban agriculture. “This is a very welcome development. The benefits of urban agriculture are well established...

“Goodbye snow boots and chilly nights: Spring is here to stay! Along with breaking out our favorite pastel colors and springy floral manicures, springtime means getting our butts back in the garden and growing some delicious veggies and beautiful greens. But for us apartment dwellers, saying we’re going to start gardening and actually putting all the urban...

A decayed Philly neighborhood isn’t discouraging one resident at all.  Tommy Joshua says; “I’m the product of this decayed neighborhood,” Joshua who is 36 years old, said cheerfully. He spent his childhood in the area and still recalls how he and other kids turned “a desolate urban environment into fun” with games like “chase the trash.” Now...

One of the best ways to bet on a healthy garden, is to incorporate using some kind of mulch.  Mulch comes in many forms, and doesn’t have to be expensive.  The info-graphic below will help explain the in’s-and-out’s of using mulch in your vegetable garden. “The most basic benefit of mulch is moisture retention. Yields are directly affected...

Mosquitoes can quickly ruin the enjoyment of your outdoor garden experience. Ordinary repellents are full of nasty chemicals that you probably don’t want to put onto your family, and bug zappers are annoying. It also can be debated, how effective candles or incense really is. The threat of contracting a disease from a mosquito is very real. Not only are humans...